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A small bitline sensing margin is one of the most challenging design obstacles for reliable ultra-low-voltage static random access memory (SRAM) implementation. This paper presents design techniques for bitline sensing margin enhancement using decoupled SRAMs. The proposed bitline-boosting current scheme improves the bitline sensing margin at a given bitline configuration. The bitline sensing margin can be further augmented by equalizing bitline leakage. Simulation using a 40-nm CMOS process shows that the proposed techniques achieve larger bitline sensing margin, wider operating temperature and supply range, and a larger number of cells per bitline.
Circuits and Systems II: Express Briefs, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:59 , Issue: 12 )
Date of Publication: Dec. 2012